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Spotlight will fall on 'unsung hero' Bill,10

By West Briton  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

  • Bill Munden, who has been chosen to switch on Falmouth lights, with his accordion.

  • Billy chosen to switch on Falmouth Lights. Billy Munden with his accordian. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121123A-001_C

  • Bill, chosen to switch on Falmouth Lights, with his proud parents, Alan and Jude Munden.

  • Billy chosen to switch on Falmouth Lights. Billy with parents Alan and Jude Munden. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121123A-003_C

  • Penryn Youth Space Lantern Making. Phoebe and Charlie get create with their lantern frames. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20121124A-001_C

  • Megan's lantern structure takes shape at Penryn.

  • Maisie at work on her lantern at Penryn.

  • Candice and Erin look happy with their efforts at the Penryn Youth Space lantern-making session.

  • Amelia adds finishing touches to the structure of her lantern at the Penryn event.

  • Phoebe ready to apply the tape at Penryn.

  • Sophia at Penryn Youth Space lantern making.

  • Members of Penryn Youth Space at their workbench constructing their lantern frames during the group's lantern-making session.

  • Karen Wharton applies the finishing touches to the lantern at the Princess Pavilion workshop.

  • A family project at Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, with Tom, Andy, Karen, Noah and Wilfred Bick.

  • Ben shows off his finished lantern made at the workshop at Princess Pavilion.

  • Jane Collins and Lorna Gillam with their completed lanterns.

  • Aimeelouise and Maddison are delighted with the way their lantern is progressing at Princess Pavilion.

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THERE is no getting away from it – Christmas is just around the corner and towns and villages are gearing up by switching on their lights.

Here is your guide to what is taking place.

Falmouth: A schoolboy who has raised money for an African charity has been given the honour of switching on the town's lights tonight.

The town management team invited residents to nominate a deserving person to perform the task.

Ten-year-old Bill Munden was nominated by his teacher at King Charles School, Lucy Thomson, in recognition of his efforts to raise money through busking with his accordion.

Richard Gates, town manager, said: "The decision was difficult because of the many great nominations, but what Bill has achieved made him a fitting choice."

Mrs Thompson said: "I feel he is one of our town's unsung heroes. He has made an absolutely amazing contribution to the charity Gambia Educational Projects to sponsor Buba, a boy of his own age to attend school for the next five years."

The charity was so pleased, that it has invited Bill, his mum, Jude and sister, Anna, to go to Gambia and visit Buba and his family in February - which the family will pay for.

Bill said: "I was quite surprised, but very happy. It makes me feel good to give money to charity and I like busking.

"I feel very lucky to be switching on the lights."

The town will also see the first of four late-night shopping evenings.

Festivities begin at 5.45pm with the Salvation Army Band playing. At 6pm children will parade through the streets to The Moor with their hand-crafted lanterns, leaving Events Square at 6pm.

The parade will also include students from University College Falmouth with their Spider Queen lantern, which took part in the Truro Festival of Lights.

The lights will be switched on at 7pm, with the ceremony taking place at the Christmas tree on The Moor.

More than 4,000 LED lights have been put up through the town.

Starting tonight and running each late night shopping evening, will be a café at King Charles Church from 4.30pm until 8.30pm.

Organised by mother and daughter, Karin and Julia Shipman, it will feature refreshments and craft stalls and will raise funds for the RNLI.

The main streets will be closed from High Street through to Arwenack Street from 5.30pm until about 9pm.

People are also being invited to take part in a walking carnival next Saturday.

It will leave High Street at 1pm and parade through the town to Events Square.

All are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more details, or to register, call 01326 212895.

Penryn: The lighting committee has been working hard each Sunday for the past three months to put the decorations up in time for Saturday's switch-on.

A parade will leave the Memorial Gardens at 6pm, including youngsters with lanterns they made at a workshop at the Saturday Club.

And students from University College Falmouth will be involved with their Neptune lantern, which was part of the Truro Festival of Lights.

The parade will go to the Methodist Church, where St Budock Tower handbell ringers will be performing.

A secret special guest will then switch on the lights at 6.30pm, followed by carol singing with Penryn Junior School choir.

Afterwards there will be a puppet show at the Temperance Hall, Father Christmas handing out sweets and refreshments in the Town Hall.

The Methodist Church will be open for people to view the Christmas decorations, hot drinks and mince pies.

Quay Hill, Market Street and West Street will be closed from 5pm until 7pm.

Budock: There will be a late- night shopping event on Saturday, with stalls, games, refreshments and music in the Village Hall from 5pm.

Organised by the Playing Field Association, it is aimed to be a family-friendly event.

The Christmas tree will be lit up at 6pm.

Mylor: On Monday resident Eileen Humphrey will perform the switch-on at 7.15pm in Lemon Arms car park.

But before that Father Christmas will go through the village handing out goodies.

Carols and prayers will take place, with Nankersey Male Voice Choir and Pendennis Brass Band and the village school choir.

Refreshments will be available afterwards in the Tremayne Hall. Meadowbank Road to Rose Hill and part of Waterings Road will be closed from 6.30pm until 8pm.

Mawnan: Father Christmas will be attending the event in The Square tomorrow night from 6.30pm.

The shops will all be open and the Scouts will be offering soup.

Ponsanooth: There will be a Christmas craft, gift and food fayre at the Stag Hunt pub from 2pm, with a barbecue at 4.45pm.

At 6pm there will be a lantern parade with children from Kennall Vale School arriving at the pub car park in time for the switch-on, by Father Christmas at 7pm.

Port Navas: A Christmas bazaar will precede the official Christmas tree switch-on during Saturday. The bazaar at the Village Hall will be at 4pm and the switch-on at 6pm, with carols led by Constantine Silver Band.

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